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Foothills Uncovered: Amritsar, Dharamshala & Shimla

12 days from £2,585pp

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Tour highlights

  • Visit the Golden Temple for the nightly religious ceremony.

  • Experience the Closing the Border ceremony between India and Pakistan.

  • Visit the Dalai Lama's residence.

  • Ride on the 'Toy Train' to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Shimla.

  • Get a taste of British Raj in Shimla.

Price includes:

  • Scheduled international flights
  • In-destination transfers
  • Activities and excursions as detailed
  • All accommodation
  • 24-hour support while you travel
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Travel that's shaped around you

We know that travel has the most meaning when it's created individually for you. Our specialists will only start designing your trip once they understand exactly what you want it to be. So, consider this idea simply as inspiration for your own experience.

Itinerary idea in detail

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

  • Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Amritsar.

  • Arriving into Amritsar today, meet an Audley representative before being introduced to your private driver who will accompany you for the duration of your trip. You will be driven to your hotel and have some time to relax and recover from the flight. This evening, head to the Golden Temple to see the impressive ceremony which puts the Holy Book to bed with a private guide.

  • Discover Amritsar and the Golden Temple today with your local and knowledgeable guide. The Golden Temple is surrounded by a water tank, the Amrit Sarovar, from which Amritsar gets its name. Believed to have healing powers, you can see pilgrims who have often travelled many miles bathing in the lake. Later this afternoon drive 45 minutes to the border with Pakistan to enjoy the fantastic Closing of the Border Ceremony.

  • You have a five- to six-hour drive to Dharamshala today; the road conditions can be very poor but your driver is able to suggest places to stop along the way for refreshments. It's a particularly scenic drive, and always a wonderful moment the first time you see the Himalaya peeking above the skyline.

  • Explore Dharamshala and McLeod Ganj today with your local guide on a private tour. In the area you will notice the Tibetan population and vibrantly robed monks, making it feel like another country. The Tsuglagkhang Complex is particularly fascinating, home to the Dalai Lama and the Namgyal Monastery. Your guide can explain the complex history of Tibetan refugees arriving across the border with Tibet, as well as a visit to the Tibet Museum (which does have irregular opening hours so not always possible).

  • Trek in the region of Dharamshala today, discussing with your guide the type of walk you'd like dependent on your interests. The 8 km (5 miles) Triund Trek is a scenic choice — but quite steep so best discussed with your guide beforehand.

  • You have a couple of hours in the car today as you head to the heritage village of Pragpur. Sadly much of it is in a bad state of disrepair, but do wander through the street, meet the people and enjoy the peace. The hotel gardens are also beautiful to relax in.

  • A five- to six-hour journey to Shimla today with your private driver, passing some great vistas. On arrival, take some time to relax at your hotel. It's well located on one end of the (pedestrianism) Mall Road where you can safely explore. You might like to head out in the evening as the shops and restaurants stay open late.

  • Today enjoy a leisurely walking tour of Shimla while your guide tells you some of its interesting history. You can also visit the Viceregal Lodge. This afternoon you have the opportunity to spend some time on the famous 'Toy Train'. A variety of tickets are on offer and your specialist will be able to suggest the best choice for you.

  • Today is at your leisure. Explore Shimla further, independently, or take a taxi up to Wildflower Hall for some pretty woodland hill walks, or afternoon tea in the dining room.

  • Today travel by road and rail, via Kalka, to Delhi. A full day's travel, there are a few different journey options back to Delhi depending on your preferences. Arriving late in the evening you're met on the platform by an Audley representative and transferred to your accommodation, which is well located for easy access to the airport tomorrow.

  • This morning you will be met at your hotel and taken to the airport by private transfer to catch your onward flight. Your return flight will arrive the same day.

Accommodation options

While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodation, Audley trips are 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

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When to go

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Place Daily max temperature (°C) Monthly rainfall (mm)
Amritsar
 
Dharamshala & McLeod Ganj
 
Pragpur
 
Shimla
 
Delhi
 

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